Marcel Ichac

Marcel Ichac (22 October 1906 - 9 April 1994) was a French alpinist, explorer, photographer and film director. Born in Rueil, France, Ichac was one of the first people to introduce electronic music in cinema with Ondes Martenot for Karakoram (1936) and released the first French movie in CinemaScope, Nouveaux Horizons (1953). He also accompanied the French Alpine Club's 1950 expedition that climbed Annapurna, which was led by Maurice Herzog, and include such climbing luminaries as Lionel Terray, Louis Lachenal and Gaston Rébuffat. See Annapurna by Maurice Herzog, pub. E P Dutton & Co.|date=1952


Ichac directed movies of French explorations during the years 1930-1950.[1][2][3] Expeditions he directed include:

Additionally, Ichac captured images of mountain warfare in World War II and the liberation of Torino, Italy in Tempête sur les Alpes (1944-1945).


  • A l'assaut des Aiguilles du Diable (1945)
  • Regards vers l'Annapurna (1951)
  • Quand brillent les Etoiles de Midi (1960)



  1. Sadoul, Georges; Morris, Peter (1972). Dictionary of Film Makers. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-02151-8. pg 121
  2. Leblanc, Gérard (1997) Scénarios du réel, Volume 2:193-197 Editions L'Harmattan
  3. Rège, Philippe (2009) Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Volume 1:515 Scarecrow Press
  4. " Awards for Stars at Noon". Retrieved 2010-01-10.
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